Distruction Boyz had the biggest song of 2017 with “Omunye”. The KwaMashu duo of Thobani “Que” Mgobhozi and Zipho “Goldmax” Mthembu are leading the gqom revolution, with their debut album ‘Gqom Is The Future’ becoming the first album in the genre to go gold. They also produced Babes Wodumo’s “Wololo”, which ended up on the ‘Black Panther’ soundtrack, and DJ Maphorisa’s “Midnight Starring”.
Langa Mavuso broke through late in 2017 with the ballad “Sunday Blues”, which he reworked alongside Black Coffee. The young singer is now signed to Coffee’s Soulistic label, having previously released an EP called ‘Liminal Sketches’ that included collaborations with guitarist Bongeziwe Mabandla and Spoek Mathambo.
Lungi Ngidi is one of South Africa’s most promising cricket prospects. Tall and imposing, he’s a bowler who can get the ball moving at speeds of 140 km/h, and he’s assisted his team the Titans to two consecutive T20 titles. In January 2017, Ngidi was picked for South Africa's T20 squad to face Sri Lanka and was named Man of the Match on debut. A maiden Test cap arrived later against India, and Ngidi's second-innings six-for helped South Africa knock India over and wrap up the series. Once again, he was named Man of the Match on debut.
Luvo Manyonga has set fire to long-jumping in the past couple of years. A world junior champ in 2010, he became world champion in 2017, after scoring an Olympic silver in 2016. At the 2018 Commonwealth Games, he won the gold medal, jumping a games record of 8.41 meters. What’s even more remarkable about this current stature in athletics is that he’s had to overcome an addiction to tik, which he was found guilty of using in 2011.
Smash Afrika hails from Bloemfontein and started his broadcasting career on campus radio. He has a youthful energy and is a real livewire who makes radio that’s unapologetically loud, fun and memorable. The star gained a huge following with his show on YFM, and earlier this year he was recruited by national station 5FM. In 2016 Smash made a guest appearance as a DJ in drama series Hustle, and the following year he landed a spot co-hosting Mzansi Magic’s Friday night music show, Massive Music, alongside Lalla Hirayama.